Project #7716

Home for 200 abandoned infants below 6, in India

by Catalysts for Social Action
workshop on child care
workshop on child care

Raising the standard of care in the child care institutes (CCI) /Orphanage is the core area where CSA is been working. Specially the homes where, children between new born to 6 yrs, old are taken care. Child care becomes at-most important in this initial stage. Many infants are Prematurely born or weak at the time of birth in such situation the care taker has to be hygiene conscious and should be aware of the DO’s and DON’Ts in such situation. CSA found that particularly in rural area where the care takers are not very much aware of hygienic habits which they have to adopt while taking care of babies. Therefore we conducted a workshop for child care at the homes where children below 6 yrs are taken care.

The topic covered through this workshop was sterilizing the vessels used for kids feeding, Proportion of milk formula and water for qualitative feeding, Care to be taken while feeding and hygiene in general. Some of the care takers were attending such type of training for the first time in their working condition. We have planned to have such workshop every quarter so that the care takers are groomed well to take care of the children, and these young kids will be as bluming buds to blossom in their life ahead.

Karuna and Nayraa
Karuna and Nayraa

I grew into an atheist, until the first night she fell asleep in my lap and as i admired her peaceful angelic face, my heart whispered a silent prayer.
Nayraa Adarsh Kochar, our daughter. Nayraa is a special baby, she wasn’t conceived in my womb like most babies, she was conceived in my heart and no doctor had to pull or slit her out of that special warm place which was where she was born and where she shall forever stay.
Nayraa is an adopted child.
No, its not what you’re thinking. Adarsh (my husband) and I are perfectly normal and of sound physical and mental health. We have no complications and we are fully capable of having our biological babies. It wasn’t laziness or the time constraint either. Adoption wasn’t our last resort to start our family, it was infact our first choice. Some couples decide to go through pregnancy in order to bring a child into their lives, we chose to go through some legal formalities to welcome a child who was already in this world, into our life.
I still remember the first day when we arrived at the adoption centre we asked to wait while they brought us the baby. In those 9 odd minutes of wait I probably emotionally went through every stomach churn one experience’s during pregnancy and labor. The nervousness and the excitement of finally having a dream come true was so strong, it took me all effort to keep calm and behave human. There is indeed no feeling like the anticipation of holding your child in your arms, whether born to you or not. That bundle of joy will always be a bundle of joy!
While my mind tried to collate all these different emotions I saw a nurse walk down with a bundle of shawl in her arms. There she was – my doll. She was dressed in a pink and white sweater with a matching cap and knitted booties. One could tell from the attire that this very outfit had dressed many kids for their special day too. I took a moment before I stepped forward and embraced her in my arms.
She was all but of 4 months. Tiny little bundle, tiny fingers and a small round face. Her eyes though were big and curious. They sparkled even in the dimply lit office and looked straight into my eyes to have a conversation of their own. I knew from the instant I saw her that her name must do justice to how beautifully expressive her eyes are and a day later we named her Nayraa – the girl with big eyes.
So here she was in my arms, staring back confused at this woman who couldn’t stop crying out of sheer joy. After years of dreaming about holding my child, here she was all real and much more precious than my mind could ever phantom. A few seconds later as though she understood what I felt, she reached out her lil palm from her shawl and held on to my finger with a tight assuring grip. In that one moment of touch I felt the bond of a hundred umbilical. Her beautiful pouted smile right between her 2 dimpled cheeks was the icing on the cake moment for me. I don’t remember how long I stood there and stared at her right in the centre of the room, but I do know had I been an artist could replicate every detail of that moment by memory alone.

I was distracted only to witness the tears of the To Be Dad who was standing right beside me and awaiting his turn with his lil angel. This was the impact of a girl who was just 4 months, weighed about 4 kilos and had no connection with us what so ever till that moment she saw us. In those few minutes we grew from just being a couple who were here to see her to being parents of this wonderful girl we will protect and love for the rest of our lives.
I am not a scientist, I don’t understand the concept of genes, blood line or blood groups as deeply like most other people probably do. All I know is my child who wasn’t born to me is 10 months today and she has wonderfully accepted and adopted us as her parents. She loves to laugh and play with us, she is comforted with our presence and misses us dearly if we aren’t around her. She looks so much like us these days that when people find the similarity we feel super proud.
I haven’t had the honor of carrying her in my womb for 9 months, but she can recognise my voice from miles away. I can’t breast feed her but that doesn’t stop her from clinging to my chest every time she’s hungry. She didn’t live close to my heart inside my body but today she falls asleep listening to the sound of my heart, to her my heart beat is the lullaby. I didn’t go through labour pain but every time she cries I know exactly what she needs to feel better. She doesn’t share our blood group but she still calls me Mama and her dad Papa, like she will for the rest of our lives.
I may not understand the importance of a family legacy but what I do know is that this day when she wakes up crying and frightened by a bad dream my cuddle comforts her. In a pitch dark room where she can’t see my face, she senses my feel and knows it’s me. A nice warm cuddle later one can slowly hear her crying become small sobs followed by a lil silence when she rests her head on my chest and then a curtain raiser of giggles, smiles and laughter.
No blood group can stop us from being happy parents with a happy child! She fills our life with so much joy, laughter and love. She is the reason we wake up each day with the hope of waking up forever more to watch her grow and love her each day a lil more!
We did not adopt Nayraa so we could give her a family, infact this child of God not born to us is the reason we are a family today!


Open your hearts and watch how a child can open your lives to everything wonderful!

Saee's family


Dear All,

CSA is very happy, to find a family to one more child. Here is the testimony of the parent who adopted the baby with our help.

Hello Lucy & Team,

The below mentioned reference has clicked for us. Me and my wife are now very proud and happy parents of sweet little baby girl, “Saee”.

When we saw her for the first time, we knew that she is ours. She is just five months old and filled our home with joy & happiness on auspicious day of “Gudi Padwa” last month.
We shared our joy with our relatives, colleagues and family friends. Everyone is so excited and congratulating us for this special gift. Few of them are appreciating our decision to give “Saee” a home, but the fact is she gave a meaning to our home and brought the entire family together.

I thank CSA, Mr. Gawande and his team to making this happen very fast and smoothly.

To my surprise, the entire process was very straight forward without any complexities. We got a baby in our hands within 3 week after I submitted the request to you.
I feel you must spread the awareness about the process among people; it will definitely help prospective adoptive parents to firm up their decision to enjoy parenthood.

Once again, Thank You so much and continue spreading happiness.

Vishal & Bhakti Chavan

Happy Family
Happy Family

Dear All,

Greetings from CSA !!!

As you are aware we have been working to facilitate adoptions as well as upgrading the living conditions of the children living in adoption agencies. We render our services to the adoption agencies which are located in rural area. We reachout to the adoption agencies with need based support and refer parents for the children waiting there. Here we have one such successful testimony which will give you an idea of efforts we are taking to promote adoptions as we belive that its the most complete form of rehabilitaion of the deprived child.

Here we have Praveen and Divya a couple who adopted Devika have written their testimony.

Devika’s tiny fingers touching our faces every morning as we wake up is the most wonderful feeling we have ever come across in our lives. Her smiles have filled our life with extreme happiness and help us see a wonderful world ahead of us. This would not have been possible without the support of Ms Lucy Mathews and her organisation Catalysts for Social Action.

All our questions and worries about adoption were answered the moment we saw the baby when she was just four months old. We will never forget the moments we saw her first, she came to us with a heartfelt smile as if we had just returned home from work. Since then we are on cloud nine. Devika is with us for a month now and keeps our lives blessed with her smiles and giggles.

Adoption for us has been a wonderful thing. Adopting Devika is the life-changing journey that has brought immense happiness to our family. We are really blessed to be parents of Devika and pray to god to continue giving us strength to bring her up with the right values in life.

Divya and Praveen

A loving relationship......
A loving relationship......

Being associated with CSA adoption Project I keep visiting Adoption agencies from Rural area in the month of May I paid visit to adoption agency from Jalana (a district in Maharashtra India). I was sitting in the office the office and having word with the trustees of this home regarding various other issues to identify their need where CSA can support them and upgrade the home for children’s betterment.
I could sense that some tiny baby is peeping from the door and hiding when I was turning my attention towards the door. I finished the discussion and then asked the trustee who is the one who is peeping out from the door? And I got to know about the story of those two eyes waiting for his mom…… 2 yrs old Nitin (name changed) was bought to the adoption agency by police he was found near the garden crying alone. Since then the police inquired him about his name, parents name but he didn’t utter a single word. Social worker from the adoption home asked him using different methods but Nitin was speechless. The only thing the social worker could get was that he was very attached to his mom.
Adoption agency made all the effort to find Nitin’s parent but all in vain. Here Nitin was examined by the doctors and could not come out with any deformity for his ability to speak. Six months passed but Nitin never uttered a single word. Nitin was silently watching that the set of parents are coming and picking up the younger kids and taking them home. Every time there were parents /visitors Nitin used to get more excited he used to peep out from the door to watch whether there is somebody for him. Nitin was not selected by any of the parents because he never spoke a single word. I met him and felt that I should try my level best to find parents for him. I came back to Pune and got busy with my routine work but could not forget those eyes which said so much. We CSA team made all the efforts to search parents for him, putting his details on our website, talking and appealing parents to consider Nitin. Finally a lady pilot in well-known air force in India, who was willing to be a single mom visited our website and gave me a call. I immediately told her about the availability of Nitin. She showed her willingness and completed the formalities to take Nitin under foster care. She decided to get the speech therapist’s consultancy for Nitin and fix his deformity. Nitin was very happy to see his Mom in the first visit itself. Joy was pouring out of his eyes, he kept holding her hands was not ready to leave her. No speech was required for both of them.
Last week when I called Nitin’s Mom she told me that the speech therapist says Nitin doesn’t require any speech treatment and he has started talking. He loves being in company with his cousin and neighborhood friends but more than that he loves his MOM.


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Catalysts for Social Action

Location: Thane West, Mumbai, India - India
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Bharati Dasgupta
Pune, Maharashtra India
$8,773 raised of $25,000 goal
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